Six-week mini-med school to focus on the fascinating science of aging
March 30, 2005
Some of the eternal questions of life—how and why we age, why some people age faster or live longer, and what can be done to fight the diseases and disabilities associated with old age—will be explored by distinguished scientists in a...
Obesity threatens to cut U.S. life expectancy, new analysis suggests
March 16, 2005
Over the next few decades, life expectancy for the average American could decline by as much as 5 years unless aggressive efforts are made to slow rising rates of obesity, according to a team of scientists supported in part by the National Institute...
Test could improve detection of prion disease in humans
February 14, 2005
A highly sensitive post-mortem test could help scientists more accurately determine if a person died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human neurological disorder caused by the same class of infectious proteins that trigger mad cow disease,...
Diet, exercise, stimulating environment help old dogs learn
January 18, 2005
According to conventional wisdom, old dogs and new tricks aren't a good match. But a new study of beagles finds that regular physical activity, mental stimulation, and a diet rich in antioxidants can help keep aging canine—and perhaps...
Scientists detect probable genetic cause of some Parkinson's disease cases
January 17, 2005
Two new studies strongly suggest that a mutation in a recently discovered gene is the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease identified to date. The discovery by an international research team provides fresh evidence that genetics may...
Decreased sensitivity in the brain to estrogen may help explain menopausal changes
December 21, 2004
A new study suggests that age-related changes in how the brain responds to the female sex hormone estrogen may be involved in a woman’s transition through menopause. The study provides new clues about hormonal influences on hot flashes and...
Innovative website helps seniors take medicines safely
December 16, 2004
How can I remember details about all of the medicines the doctor prescribed for me? Does aging affect how the body processes medicines? Are there ways to avoid side effects? What is the “grapefruit juice effect?” Answers to these...
How are we doing? Researchers aim to measure national well-being
December 2, 2004
A new research tool developed by an interdisciplinary team of psychologists and economists could help social scientists more accurately evaluate how well individuals and society are faring. The method offers a new way to characterize the daily life...
Diabetes among older adults imposed an estimated $133.5 billion cost in 1990's
November 15, 2004
Sick days, disability, early retirement, and premature death of diabetic Americans born between 1931 and 1941 cost the country almost $133.5 billion by the year 2000, according to a new estimate by researchers with the University of Michigan (U-M)...
NIA establishes new demography centers to enhance knowledge about older Americans
October 26, 2004
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has established four new Centers on the Demography of Aging at Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of North Carolina, and Pennsylvania State...